WASHINGTON NATIONALS NEWS

Moore homers, drives in 5 as Nationals beat Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Tyler Moore homered, tripled and drove in five runs, leading the Washington Nationals past the Atlanta Braves 9-8 Friday. Moore hit a two-run homer and a bases-loaded triple, and is 4 for 5 after two exhibition games. He hit .231 for the Nationals last year with four homers in 42 games. Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann pitched two scoreless innings in his...
Via AP on Fox
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper on Nationals: ‘People want to see us fail’

Bryce Harper is refusing to back-off his bold statements in which he more or less stated that the Washington Nationals are not only World Series contenders, the team should be considered the favorites. “I was like, ‘Where’s my ring?’” was Harper’s apparent reaction to learning the Nationals signed Max Scherzer. The young, brash Nationals superstar...Read More The post...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Hot Dog: The Season

It makes me shudder when something reminds me of 2007. Maybe it’s reflex … or unresolved family issues. But when something reminds me of the whole “team to beat” fiasco, I get a cold streak up and down my spine. Bryce Harper has a lot of Jimmy Rollins in him. And it’s annoying because Harper has a ceiling high enough to leave Jimmy Rollins in the dust when it comes to accomplishments...
Via Metstradamus
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals rally late, down Mets 5-4 in Scherzer's debut

VIERA, Fla. (AP) Max Scherzer gave up a home run to John Mayberry Jr. in his two-inning debut for Washington, and Kila Ka'aihue hit a two-run shot in the seventh to lead the Nationals to a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday. Starting the Nationals' spring opener after signing a seven-year, $210 million contract this winter, Scherzer needed just eight pitches in a perfect...
Via AP on Fox
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Nationals, 5:05 PM

Bartolo Colon makes his 2015 Grapefruit League debut today as the Mets take on the Washington Nationals in Viera. Colon will oppose Max Scherzer, who signed a seven-year, $210 million contract in the offseason to join an already talented Washington rotation. Other Mets pitchers that are expected to get some work in today’s contest include Gabriel Ynoa, Cory Mazzoni and Josh Edgin...
Via Mets Merized Online
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Wheeler Responds To Nats’ Harper

I wouldn’t have expected anything less from Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler, and from Bryce Harper, either. Sure, the Nationals’ outfielder was giddy about his team getting Max Scherzer and why shouldn’t he? WHEELER: Responds to Harper. “To be able to have a guy like Scherzer come in? I just started laughing,’’ Harper told reporters. “I was like, ‘Where’s my ring?...
Via New York Mets Report
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mets Need A Killer Instinct Mentality Against The Nationals

The Mets aren’t the only ones in the division talking about stacked rotations, October baseball and winning a championship. Last week, Bryce Harper of the Nationals did some touting of his own. “It’s absolutely stupid how good our staff is. To add a Cy Young, to add a guy that’s unbelievable in the postseason… Where’s my ring? I’m going to bring back a title to D.C...
Via Mets Merized Online
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper faces Stephen Strasburg in live batting practice (Video)

Well, it finally happened: Bryce Harper stepped in to face Stephen Strasburg in live BP yesterday in Viera. And it was...a 10 pitch draw. Via Mark Zuckerman/Nats Insider: So, how did Harper fare against his fellow No. 1 draft pick? Well, he saw 10 total pitches from Strasburg, spread into two rounds of five. Harper swung at the very first pitch he saw (a fastball) and...
Via Nationals Enquirer
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #18: Stephen Strasburg | SP | WAS

Stephen Strasburg is an exceptional player, no question about it, and I don’t think anyone could reasonably make the argument that he wasn’t worth the number one overall pick in the 2009 Amateur Draft. If the Nationals could have a mulligan on that pick I don’t think they would change a thing.  Strasburg is still as exciting to watch as any pitcher in the game What I...
Via Baseball Professor
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Top 10 Right-Handed Pitching Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training has arrived once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to go crazy over prospect rankings for the forthcoming season. Based primarily on stats and potential, below is our list of the top 10 right-handed pitching prospects for 2015. 1. Lucas Giolito, 20 – Nationals: Giolito is up there among the best prospects in the game...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer will start Nationals' spring training opener vs. Mets

  Max Scherzer will start the Washington Nationals' spring training opener on Thursday night against the New York Mets. Nationals manager Matt Williams made the announcement Tuesday, and added Scherzer will be followed by Tanner Roark. Williams did not name a starter for Friday's road game against Atlanta. Scherzer, who signed a seven-year, $210 million contract with Washington...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer will start Nationals' spring opener vs. Mets

VIERA, Fla. (AP) Max Scherzer will start the Washington Nationals' spring training opener on Thursday night against the New York Mets. Nationals manager Matt Williams made the announcement Tuesday, and added Scherzer will be followed by Tanner Roark. Williams did not name a starter for Friday's road game against Atlanta. Scherzer, who signed a seven-year, $210 million contract with...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Sign Tony Gwynn Jr.

The Washington Nationals have signed son of the late Tony Gwynn to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The veteran will aim for a spot on the Nationals bench. The #Nats have agreed to terms with OF Tony Gwynn Jr. (@tonygwynnjr) on a Minor League contract with an invitation to MLB Spring Training. — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 3, 2015 Tony Gwynn...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals 2B Uggla again seeing the ball well

VIERA, Fla. (AP) Dan Uggla was actually relieved last year to hear a doctor tell him he was ''really messed up.'' That happened last August when Uggla visited Dr. Robert Donatelli in Las Vegas and discovered there was a way to correct the faulty vision that had plagued him since the 2012 season. Now at 34, the three-time All-Star is in Washington's camp as a nonroster player, hoping...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals: 30 Days Till Opening Day!

Spring has sprung for a week now in Florida for the Washington Nationals. Here’s a look at some of the sights, sounds and stories from around the world wide web. This is the @Nationals rotation. This is not fair. #SpringTraining pic.twitter.com/8LHdhIgdRd — MLB (@MLB) March 1, 2015 One of the biggest story lines in all of Major League Baseball is the vaunted Nats pitching...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper says he needs to ‘step up’ this season

Bryce Harper’s potential is unquestioned. He’s flashed it on several occasions. Harper has a rocket arm that he’s shown off on several occasions in the outfield and the ability to hit tape measure home runs. Unfortunately, injuries have hampered his time on the field as Harper has played in 100 and 118 games the last...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats' Scherzer simulates everything, including anthem

VIERA, Fla. (AP) Max Scherzer was warming up in the bullpen, getting ready to head onto the field to throw his first batting practice session for the Washington Nationals. But first, the national anthem. ''You've got to simulate it like it's a real game,'' Scherzer said Sunday. ''It's always about the little things.'' So before Scherzer could leave the bullpen, he turned to manager...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Money Talks: Yoan Moncada, Giancarlo Stanton & Scherzer

In a recent Sports Illustrated article, Giancarlo Stanton said he was ‘angered’ by the record $325 million dollar contract offer from the Miami Marlins. Miami’s history of cutting payrolls after signing high priced talent is one reason for the anger stating, “five months [of winning] doesn’t change five years.” I get what he is trying to convey to the public and he very...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Sign Rich Hill To Minor-League Deal

The Washington Nationals have reached an agreement with left-handed relief pitcher Rich Hill on a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league spring training, the team announced. The 34-year-old left-hander pitched for three organizations last season, making it to the big leagues for two of them. Hill started off signing a minor-league deal in February with the Boston Red...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Remember Ryan Perry? He’s back.

  Do you remember Ryan Perry? He was supposed to be the closer of the future, the guy who would take over after Todd Jones retired. He was supposed to be the next flame throwing closer who would dominate the ninth inning for a decade. Instead he turned out to be nothing of the sort and was dealt away in 2012. Perry was the Tigers first round pick back in 2008, but never lived up...
Via The Majors Detroit
7 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Washington Nationals

Despite not making the playoffs in 2013, the Nationals were heavily favored in 2014. Sure enough, they coasted through the NL East, withstanding an early challenge from the Braves, and finished with the best record in the NL. Then, the Giants eliminated them from the NLDS in four games. Once again this winter, Washington was declared the winner of the offseason, and are heavily...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Washington Nationals

Despite not making the playoffs in 2013, the Nationals were heavily favored in 2014. Sure enough, they coasted through the NL East, withstanding an early challenge from the Braves, and finished with the best record in the NL. Then, the Giants eliminated them from the NLDS in four games. Once again this winter, Washington was declared the winner of the offseason, and are heavily...
Via Bloguin Best
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #31: Max Scherzer | SP | WAS

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! I didn’t think we’d ever see Max Scherzer develop into the $200MM pitcher he is today, and neither did the “experts” as Baseball America ranked him 66th before the 2008 season while Baseball Prospectus had him 90th. But here we are. Scherzer’s become one of the most reliable pitchers in baseball...
Via Baseball Professor
7 days ago  |  Discuss

NL East Top 10 Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training has arrived once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to go crazy over prospect rankings for the forthcoming season. Based primarily on stats and potential, below is our list of the NL East’s top 10 prospects for 2015. 1. Lucas Giolito RHP – Nationals: Giolito is not just the top prospect in the NL East, he may be just...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #34: Bryce Harper | OF | WAS

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! The fantasy community has had it with the Bryce Harper hype year-in and year-out. Since teasing owners with a 4.4 WAR rookie season he has yet to duplicate or surpass it. Harper routinely has been drafted highly and almost always gets hurt. Last year was no exception, but I’m here to tell you to draft...
Via Baseball Professor
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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